From Medieval Hill Towns to Seaside Villages

Tuscany and the Cinque Terre

Italy

10 Days

From $6,695

Level 3

Moderate

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    Overview

    We bring you to two irresistible Italian realms in full WT style, with stunning hikes each day and expert Trip Leaders who bring this celebrated land to life. Our hikes cross Tuscany's harmonious landscape, discovering terraced vineyards, tiny hamlets, and classic hill towns on our way from San Quirico d'Orcia, once a stop for pilgrims on the Via Francigena, to Volterra, with its Etruscan origins. After a walk on Lucca's historic walls, we head to Cinque Terre, where five ancient villages nestle on cliffs and along deep coves on the Ligurian Coast. We connect these seaside villages with breathtaking hikes, sample Liguria's fresh-caught seafood, and ferry to Palmaria Island for a final hike with spectacular Cinque Terre panoramas.

    Arrive: Florence, Italy

    Depart: Pisa, Italy

    Highlights

    • Visit the vineyards of Chianti, with a picnic at a family-run winery
    • Experience the beauty of the Tuscan towns of San Quirico d'Orcia, Pienza, Siena, and San Gimignano
    • Walk the famed coastal trails that connect the five Cinque Terre villages
    • Ferry to Palmaria Island for a spectacular hike and coastal views
    • Enjoy Trip Leaders who know all the best trails, trattorias, and local delicacies!

    Itinerary

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    Heading into Chianti's vineyards, we'll stretch our legs on a hike above the village of Greve and enjoy a picnic at a family-run winery. The next day, we walk through woodlands to the Romanesque Abbey of St. Antimo and enjoy some free time in the wine town of Montalcino, with overnights in charming San Quirico d'Orcia.
    We walk right from our hotel into the iconic Val d'Orcia, with its wheat fields and cypress-lined roads, and we'll visit tiny hilltop Pienza, a prime exemplar of 15th century Italy. We'll also visit medieval Siena, strolling its back lanes and marveling at its majestic Gothic architecture. In hill-perched San Gimignano, with its crown of stone watchtowers built by feuding nobles, we hike down through olive groves to the village of San Donato for a picnic lunch, then visit atmospheric Volterra, with its Roman theater and Etruscan ruins.
    Lucca, birthplace of Puccini, is one of the most graceful of Tuscany's provincial capitals, encircled by an imposing ring of Renaissance walls. We walk the remarkable city walls, attend an evening concert in a historic church, and hike on an ancient aqueduct that crosses the serene Vorno Valley.
    The five Cinque Terre villages are centuries-old towns on the cliffs of the Ligurian coast. Our hikes connect these impossibly picturesque villages, and we ferry out to Palmaria Island, part of the Cinque Terre World Heritage area, for our final hike. Depart on Day 10 via Pisa.

    Dates & Pricing

    Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

    Payment & Cancel Schedule

    $600 due at time of reservation
    90 days prior to departure: Balance

    Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

    Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
    61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
    46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
    45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

    Included
    • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
    • Accommodations in hotels
    • All meals included except 4 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
    • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
    • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    Not Included
    • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
    • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

    Accommodations

    Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

    Relais Palazzo del Capitano

    San Quirico d'Orcia, Italy

    Days 1-2 (2 nights)

    This small hotel, a beautifully restored 15th century building with old world charm, is a nice surprise in the heart of the unspoiled village of San Quirico. Guest rooms are decorated in Tuscan style, with wooden beamed ceilings, antiques, and terracotta floors. Relax at the end of the day...

    Hotel Pescille

    San Gimignano, Italy

    Days 3-4 (2 nights)

    Located in a dreamy setting of olive trees, vineyards, and ancient forests in the countryside outside of San Gimignano, the Hotel Pescille is a renovated Tuscan farmhouse dating from the 1200s. We stay in Superior rooms offering panoramic views of the countryside and garden. They are simply furnished but clean...

    Hotel Ilaria

    Lucca, Italy

    Days 5-6 (2 nights)

    We love this gem of a hotel, set in the center of town and convenient to all the key sights, including access to walks and bike rides atop the town ramparts. (You can borrow one of the hotel's bikes for a leisurely ramble.) As befitting its medieval origins, the main...

    Hotel Porto Roca

    Monterosso, Italy

    Days 7-9 (3 nights)

    Perched on a hillside above the sea, this 43-room hotel has “romance” written all over it. Several terraces cascade down the hill, each equipped with lounge chairs for gazing at the incredible scenery. The secluded infinity pool overlooks a small sheltered bay and there is a small wellness center. Guestrooms...

    Trip Leaders

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    What the Trip is Like

    This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. While we do not see major elevation gain or loss, you will need to be comfortable hiking up to 6 miles a day and being on your feet for 4-5 hours a day. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

    Average Hiking Day
    • 2.5 hours
    • 4 miles
    • 500-600 feet gain/loss
    Challenge Day
    • Day 2: 6 miles, 3 hours, 900 feet gain, and 700 feet loss

    Review Trip Level Details
    We traverse a variety of terrains, from dirt roads through rolling hills in the southern part of Tuscany to steep, rocky sections on the coastal paths of Liguria where you will need to be able to hike on uneven surfaces and occasionally downhill over loose rocks. Some parts of the trails are ancient stone staircases which can be quite steep and hard on the knees. The coastal trails are narrow, have drop offs of varying heights, and often have passing hikers, so you will need good balance. On most days, we hike in the morning and visit a town or historical site in the afternoon.
    The weather in Tuscany and Cinque Terre in late spring and early fall is usually very pleasant, with temperatures in the 70s°F (80s°F in Tuscany) during the day, and in the 50s°F and 60s°F at night. There can be cool breezes and occasional showers at any time during these seasons.
    We spend most nights in small, picturesque inns, full of Italian charm and ambiance. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
    Our lunches will vary from picnics in a scenic spot to small trattorias known for their excellent local cuisine. Picnic lunches will include local breads, cheeses, fruits, and wines. On some days, we will have lunch at a local farm or in a home (agriturismo) where regional specialties are prepared. Dinners will be at our hotel or a restaurant in town. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
    Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need during the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

    Client Testimonials

    "I was a tour guide myself in my younger years; thus, I feel qualified to address all the fine qualities of this experience. Wonderful human touches brought so much life to this trip: the cozy restaurants, charming hotels, the farms and vineyards, and above all, our three guides—lovely human beings, and so professional. Superb!"

    Al D.

    Twin Lakes, CO

    "This was a great itinerary that was well organized and well executed. We had great food and wine at every destination and very well-informed trip leaders."

    Bill B.

    Highland Park, IL

    "I LOVED THIS TRIP. As I look back, I have nothing but happy memories of each and every day. Our group was amazing as far as getting along and making new friendships. I have a new love for Italy and the countryside, as well as the traditions and language, all because of this trip and these guides and all the careful prep put into the whole thing. Cannot thank you enough."

    Carolyn H.

    Jupiter, FL

    "Outstanding trip, thank you! I absolutely loved the hiking and felt like we were seeing off-the-beaten-tourist-track places. Great guides, really good food, and the Italian Riviera was spectacular—especially the last day hiking out of Portofino to the cove with the big seafood lunch on the beach. What a way to end the trip! It was fabulous in every way. This was one of my favorite trips ever, and I've traveled extensively throughout the world. I can't wait to do another one with you."

    Cybele L.

    Sharon, CT

    "I was very impressed with this trip. Our guides were wonderful, and I loved seeing some of the out-of-the-way villages we hiked through. It was great to be off the beaten path."

    Judy E.

    Methuen, MA

    "Our trip was fabulous on every front—we felt very well taken care of."

    Laila D.

    Twin Lakes, CO

    "This was a well-designed trip which we very much enjoyed. Our Trip Leader JoAnn was well informed, organized and very engaging throughout our trip. We learned a great deal on our hikes and so enjoyed the museum tours and the guides she chose to lead them. We have always spoken highly of WT to our friends and family."

    Lynne H.

    Weems, VA

    "Excellent lodging at hotels that we would return on our own. Can't say enough about the talents of our leaders in putting together the picnic lunches. This was our first trip of this kind, and I expect we'll be back. Sicily? Dolomites? All in all, it was a great value for the money, and I so appreciated the mix of hiking and in-town visits. "

    Mary L.

    Jamaica Plain, MA

    "I enjoy reliving the beauty of the countryside, the plethora of information received, the charm of the medieval cities, the delicious picnics, and the company of interesting, intelligent, cheerful people—both fellow tour members and the wonderful trip leaders."

    Susan M.

    Burlingame, CA

    "It was an overall wonderful experience—we didn’t have to think about anything (other than what to order for dinner)."

    Tom K.

    Sudbury, MA

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    Trip Levels

    With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

    Level 1 – Easiest

    Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

    Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

    Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

     

    Level 3 – Moderate

    Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

    Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

     

    Level 5 – Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

    Level 6 – Very Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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The views from here stretch along the whole coast and the entire area known as the Cinque Terre, and we'll have ample time for photos. Our hike continues right into Riomaggiore, the first of the small fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. After strolling its main street, we'll board the local train and head to our hotel in the town of Monterosso, at the northern end of the Cinque Terre. Monterosso, with its castle and bell towers, was a feudal holding given over to Genova in 1276, which fortified it against Turkish pirates and the Pisans. The parish church, built in 1244, is dedicated to San Giovanni Battista. The town retains a medieval center, Monterosso Vecchio, along with a modern district. It also has Cinque Terre&apos;s largest collection of shops and restaurants and the region's nicest beach. From the Monastery of the Capuchins, with its crucifix attributed to Van Dyck, there is a nice panorama of the village and promontories of Cinque Terre. 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Leaving early from our hotel to avoid the crowds, we head up and over rocky trails and through flourishing vineyards and gardens, enjoying fantastic vistas of the sea as we hike to Vernazza, the most photogenic of the towns, with its tiny harbor and central piazza lined with restaurants and cafes. After exploring a bit, we stop for a rest and a coffee, and those who have had enough hiking can continue onwards by train to the lunch stop, accompanied by a leader. The rest of us continue hiking to enchanting Corniglia, dating back to Roman times and perched 300 feet above the sea. Corniglia has always had a land-based economy because of its location high above the seaside. The village&apos;s Gothic-Ligurian style Church of San Pietro dates to 1334 and has a lovely stained-glass window framed by white marble from Carrara. In the fall, the small, private wine cellars of Corniglia are filled with clusters of grapes suspended from drying racks. 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We&apos;ll make our way to the highest point where we&apos;ll have excellent views of the southern coast of the mainland and of the majestic Apuani Alps, where Carrara marble comes from. We&apos;ll also see the now disused quarries of Pozzale, from which the precious black portoro marble was extracted, and we'll get wonderful perspectives of Tino and Tinetto and the coast beyond. After completing our circle of the island, we&apos;ll enjoy lunch in the port area at one of the island&apos;s few restaurants. Here, we can soak up the views of the harbor and of the town of Porto Venere, with its charming red, pink, and yellow buildings packed tightly together along the seafront. We return to Monterosso for a festive Farewell Dinner. 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Whether she&apos;s leading a hike up to the Rifugio Lagazuoi in the Dolomites or to the top of Monte Solaro on the isle of Capri, she has a gift for bringing out the local charm of each place our journeys visit. &ldquo;I became a Trip Leader to share the wonders of Italy with others,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;The slowness to change and the depth of history that exists here gives people a chance to reflect on their own lives and see what is truly important.&rdquo; When not guiding, JoAnn nurtures her small olive grove near Orvieto, pruning the trees, picking the olives, and making olive oil for her own use and as a gift for friends.","BioLong":"Originally from Long Island and holding a degree in education from New York University, JoAnn Lantz has lived in Italy since 1988, slowly restoring an old farm house outside of Lucca, learning about the wines of Italy, and continually exploring her adopted home country. 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Originally from South Tyrol, Italy, Vicky now resides in Ibiza, Spain, and is fluent in a handful of languages. She spends parts of her year in Oman, where she follows her passion for hiking in the country&apos;s striking desert environment and diving in the warm waters off the coast (and trying to improve her Arabic along the way). In her free time, she enjoys tennis, rock climbing, horseback riding, and in the winter, she heads to the Dolomites to ski.","BioLong":"As an adventure-seeking traveler and Trip Leader, Vicky Sotriffer thrives in new places. She has led trips on nearly every continent for more than 10 years, including sea kayaking trips. Originally from South Tyrol, Italy, Vicky now resides in Ibiza, Spain, and is fluent in a handful of languages. She spends parts of her year in Oman, where she follows her passion for hiking in the country&apos;s striking desert environment and diving in the warm waters off the coast (and trying to improve her Arabic along the way). In her free time, she enjoys tennis, rock climbing, horseback riding, and in the winter, she heads to the Dolomites to ski."},{"GuideID":850449,"First_Name":"Amy","Last_Name":"Barnes","BioShort":"While working on a liberal arts major at the University of South Florida in 1978, Amy Barnes traveled to Florence, Italy, where she met an Italian documentary film maker. The encounter was decisive and by 1979 she was back for good. Initially she worked as a camera assistant to her husband before moving on to location\/production work for documentaries for such companies as BBC One, BBC Two, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, National Geographic, A&E Biographies, Channel 4, Granada, and PBS. In a parallel career, Amy has worked as a Trip Leader with Wilderness Travel for many years and has designed itineraries in many regions including the Italian Lake District, Umbria, Liguria, and Tuscany. \"Italy's spectacular geography had a heavy hand in determining its history. For me there is no more beautiful or extraordinary country on the planet!\" Amy enjoys Tai Chi, but everything is second to traveling!","BioLong":"Amy Barnes was raised in France, Germany, and Turkey until the age of seven. While working on a liberal arts major at the University of South Florida she traveled to Italy in 1978. Visiting a friend in Florence she met the fellow next door, an Italian documentary film maker. The encounter was decisive and by 1979 she was back in Florence for good. Initially she worked as a camera assistant to her husband before moving on to location\/production work for documentaries. She has worked for numerous international productions including BBC One, BBC Two, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, National Geographic, A&E Biographies, Channel 4, Granada, PBS and others. In a parallel career Amy has worked as a Trip Leader with Wilderness Travel for many years and has designed itineraries in many regions including the Italian Lake District, Umbria, Liguria, and Tuscany. \"There is a certain sort of density peculiar to this country. Italy's spectacular geography had a heavy hand in determining its history. For me there is no more beautiful or extraordinary country on the planet!\" Amy enjoys Tai Chi, but everything is second to traveling!"},{"GuideID":851149,"First_Name":"Irene","Last_Name":"De Benedictis","BioShort":"Originally from Rome, Irene is a physical therapist specializing in Ayurvedic medicine and also a seasoned WT Trip Leader. Her love of different cultures and languages (she knows seven!), paired with her love for hikes and pilgrimages (she walked the Camino de Santiago...twice) makes her a wonderful traveling companion. Irene's father is a member of the Italian congregation of St. James, which is responsible for the upkeep of pilgrim trails from Italy into Spain and Jerusalem, and she has also worked as a &ldquo;hospitalera&rdquo; (pilgrims' albergue host) in Italy. Fun fact: Irene wrote a book called Spaghetti and Sauna about the cultural differences between Italy, her home country, and Finland, where she lived for four years.","BioLong":"Originally from Rome, Irene is a physical therapist specializing in Ayurvedic medicine and also a seasoned WT Trip Leader. Her love of different cultures and languages (she knows seven!), paired with her love for hikes and pilgrimages (she walked the Camino de Santiago...twice) makes her a wonderful traveling companion. Irene's father is a member of the Italian congregation of St. James, which is responsible for the upkeep of pilgrim trails from Italy into Spain and Jerusalem, and she has also worked as a &ldquo;hospitalera&rdquo; (pilgrims' albergue host) in Italy. Fun fact: Irene wrote a book called Spaghetti and Sauna about the cultural differences between Italy, her home country, and Finland, where she lived for four years."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Al D.","GuestLocation":"Twin Lakes, CO","GuestReview":"I was a tour guide myself in my younger years; thus, I feel qualified to address all the fine qualities of this experience. Wonderful human touches brought so much life to this trip: the cozy restaurants, charming hotels, the farms and vineyards, and above all, our three guides&#8212;lovely human beings, and so professional. Superb!"},{"GuestNames":"Bill B.","GuestLocation":"Highland Park, IL","GuestReview":"This was a great itinerary that was well organized and well executed. We had great food and wine at every destination and very well-informed trip leaders."},{"GuestNames":"Carolyn H.","GuestLocation":"Jupiter, FL","GuestReview":"I LOVED THIS TRIP. As I look back, I have nothing but happy memories of each and every day. Our group was amazing as far as getting along and making new friendships. I have a new love for Italy and the countryside, as well as the traditions and language, all because of this trip and these guides and all the careful prep put into the whole thing. Cannot thank you enough."},{"GuestNames":"Cybele L.","GuestLocation":"Sharon, CT","GuestReview":"Outstanding trip, thank you! I absolutely loved the hiking and felt like we were seeing off-the-beaten-tourist-track places. Great guides, really good food, and the Italian Riviera was spectacular&#8212;especially the last day hiking out of Portofino to the cove with the big&#160;seafood lunch on the beach. What a way to end the trip! It was fabulous in every way. This was one of my favorite trips ever, and I've traveled extensively throughout the world. I can't wait to do another one with you."},{"GuestNames":"Judy E.","GuestLocation":"Methuen, MA","GuestReview":"I was very impressed with this trip. Our guides were wonderful, and I loved seeing some of the out-of-the-way villages we hiked through. It was great to be off the beaten path."},{"GuestNames":"Laila D.","GuestLocation":"Twin Lakes, CO","GuestReview":"Our trip was fabulous on every front&#8212;we felt very well taken care of."},{"GuestNames":"Lynne H.","GuestLocation":"Weems, VA","GuestReview":"This was a well-designed trip which we very much enjoyed. Our Trip Leader JoAnn was well informed, organized and very engaging throughout our trip. We learned a great deal on our hikes and so enjoyed the museum tours and the guides she chose to lead them. We have always spoken highly of WT to our friends and family."},{"GuestNames":"Mary L.","GuestLocation":"Jamaica Plain, MA","GuestReview":"Excellent lodging at hotels that we would return on our own. Can't say enough about the talents of our leaders in putting together the picnic lunches. This was our first trip of this kind, and I expect we'll be back. Sicily? Dolomites? All in all, it was a great value for the money, and I so appreciated the mix of hiking and in-town visits.&#160;"},{"GuestNames":"Susan M.","GuestLocation":"Burlingame, CA","GuestReview":"I enjoy reliving the beauty of the countryside, the plethora of information received, the charm of the medieval cities, the delicious picnics, and the company of interesting, intelligent, cheerful people&#8212;both fellow tour members and the wonderful trip leaders."},{"GuestNames":"Tom K.","GuestLocation":"Sudbury, MA","GuestReview":"It was an overall wonderful experience&#8212;we didn&#8217;t have to think about anything (other than what to order for dinner)."}],"Extensions":[{}],"SimilarTrips":[{"TripID":10411,"SimilarTripID":10291,"Trip_Code":"AMALFI","Trip_Name":"Amalfi and Capri"},{"TripID":10411,"SimilarTripID":10298,"Trip_Code":"CORSARDN","Trip_Name":"Corsica and Sardinia"},{"TripID":10411,"SimilarTripID":10446,"Trip_Code":"PUGLIA","Trip_Name":"Hiking Puglia and Matera"},{"TripID":10411,"SimilarTripID":11116,"Trip_Code":"PJROMETU","Trip_Name":"Rome and Tuscany Private Journey"}],"Specialists":[{}],"TripSegments":[{"VendorID":11,"ProductID":54,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Single Supplement","Vendor":"Wilderness Travel","Address1":"1102 Ninth Street","Address2":"","City":"Berkeley","State":"CA","Postal":"94710","Product":"Single Supplement","Day":1,"Sequence":2,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":71143,"ProductID":80971,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Relais Palazzo del Capitano","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"San Quirico d&apos;Orcia","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":2,"PropertyDescription":"<p>This small hotel, a beautifully restored 15th century building with old world charm, is a nice surprise in the heart of the unspoiled village of San Quirico. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. 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Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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